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Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Usher and other worldwide stars gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday for a charity concert honouring Nelson Mandela a century after he was born.

Most people had a good time and got home safely, but the night turned ugly for some when they were accosted by thugs as they left the stadium.

The free event which hopes to raise $1 billion for poor women and children across the world, featured performances from Tiwa Savage, D'Banj, Femi Kuti, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Casper Nyovest, Usher, plus Beyoncé and JAY-Z who brought their 2-hour long, On the Run II show to Johannesburg while eulogizing Nelson "Mandiba" Mandela.

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is a campaign partnership between advocacy group Global Citizen and the House of Mandela with hopes of ending poverty by 2030. It says many people won tickets to Sunday's concert through charity work and petition-signing.

Fellow concert-goer Ano Shonhiwa, 23, told AFP "there was so much chaos when the concert ended and people wanted to leave". "Some guys were walking around with knives and screwdrivers, threatening people", he said. "The fact that we arrested a suspect immediately after the robbery took place highlights the presence of police at Sasol garage", Naidoo said.

SMSA's Jacques Grobbelaar said: "On 2 December we failed as a collective, we failed our patrons and we can not walk away from that obligation".

Guns N' Roses performed at FNB Stadium on Thursday.

I wish we were able to write about feelgood stories and businesses booming and silly viral videos all day (we sneak a few in), but we live in South Africa, and unfortunately that means much of the news that comes our way isn't rainbows and unicorns.



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